November 30, 2020

November Recap

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I can't believe the last time I did a monthly recap was back in August! Sometimes work just gets so busy that I ended up skipping posts and I didn't realize I skipped this one twice in a row. But here we are, last day of November and about to enter December. I just don't know where the time goes. I took last week off and it was over in a blink. But I'm glad I took the break. Even though I'm thankful to have a job that keeps me busy, I've been feeling pretty burnt out. So it was good to relax, spend time with family, and have a happy Thanksgiving. Even though it was different, I felt so thankful to be with my Dad and the rest of our "pandemic pod" for a night of good food and company. 


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  • The October Horses by Genevieve Mckay- 3.5 stars
    I'm still on my hunt for good horse books and while this wasn't a new favorite, I did like it! I enjoyed watching the main character fall in love with horses and learn about riding. 
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo - 4 stars
    Another winner from Elizabeth Acevedo! I'm slowly making my way through her backlog and I continue to be a fan. 
  • Racing Manhattan by Terence Blacker - 3 stars
    Truthfully, the writing was not great and the way the author chose to end every single chapter was not a wise choice. That said, I was totally compelled by the story and heroine in spite of it. 
  • Bear Town (Beartown #1) by Fredrik Backman - 3 stars
    It was pretty obvious where the story was headed and I was bracing myself for it from page one. It's absolutely heartbreaking but I found myself unable to truly connect with the book overall. I think it had to do with there being one too many narrators (most of whom I didn't care for). But the last quarter of the book was incredible so I get why readers rate this one so highly. 
  • Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin - 4 stars
    YA Fantasy has been a struggle lately so imagine my surprise when I found myself totally hooked on Serpent & Dove! I loved the story and the main characters. I can't wait to read what happens next! 
  • Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow, Ann Friedman - 3 stars
    I enjoyed this inside look into Aminatou and Ann's friendship, especially since I'm a fan of their podcast (I listen on and off!). But I didn't love it as much as I had hoped? It felt both personal and impersonal at the same time. And it was the latter parts that felt very slow to me. 
  • A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes - 3 stars
    When I think of Helen of Troy, I usually think of the movie Troy with Brad Pitt (because um, did you see him as Achilles?!). I enjoyed how this book flipped the script though and instead chose to tell this myth through the eyes of all the women affected by Troy's downfall. 
  • Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson - 4 stars
    Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. The storytelling does take a bit of getting used to since it jumps timelines a lot but wow. I don't want to say anything even remotely spoilery but what an unforgettable tale. 
  • A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout - 5 stars
    I really liked Blood and Ash but omg, this book was amazing! I loved the story, the characters, romance, everything! I need book 3 ASAP. 
  • Skyhunter (Skyhunter #1) by Marie Lu - 3 stars
    I'm starting to think that my favorite Marie Lu world will always be Legend. I liked Skyhunter and there's a good chance I'm going to read the next novel but I wasn't completely hooked. 

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